Poll roundup: men's basketball in top 25

Wisconsin comes in at 24/23 in latest rankings

The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team re-entered the top 25 polls Monday, coming in at No. 24 in the Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll. It is the first time the Badgers have been ranked in each poll in six weeks.

Wisconsin (12-3 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) won a pair of close games at the Kohl Center last week, extending its nation-leading home winning streak to 38 games. UW topped Ohio State 72-66 Jan. 11 and came from behind to beat then-No. 15/12 Michigan State 62-59 Sunday.

The Spartans (10-3, 2-1) fell to No. 19/16 in the polls after losing to Wisconsin for the sixth straight time.

Illinois (18-0, 4-0) remained No. 1 in each poll for the seventh consecutive week.

Iowa (13-3, 1-2) rounded out the Big Ten representation at No. 23/24.

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Wisconsin's men's hockey team remained No. 5 in the USCHO.com/CSTV poll after a weekend sweep of Alaska-Anchorage. The Badgers are riding a four-game winning streak.

Wisconsin (17-6-1 overall, 14-4-0 WCHA) is in first place in the WCHA but is the third-highest ranked team in the conference. Top-ranked Colorado College (20-3-1, 13-3-0) has all 40 first-place votes and Minnesota (18-7-0, 11-5-0) is ranked No. 4.

Two other WCHA teams are ranked in the top 15 poll: No. 6 Denver (14-6-1, 9-4-1) and No. 12 North Dakota (14-10-2, 10-9-1).

Wisconsin is tied with North Dakota for 13th in the Pairwise rankings, which attempt to mimic the NCAA selection criteria.

The Badger women's hockey team (16-5-1 overall, 10-5-1) remained No. 4 in the USCHO.com poll after splitting a weekend series with No. 3 Minnesota Duluth (16-2-2, 14-2-2).

Conference rival Minnesota (19-1-2, 14-0-2) retained its hold on the No. 1 spot. No. 10 Ohio State (12-9-1, 9-9-0) rounds out the WCHA representation in the top 10 poll.

UW is also No. 4 in the Pairwise rankings.


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